Reflections from Karin, Cuba Volunteer, about her service in Havana with Global Volunteers:
I absolutely loved my week in Havana. I really did not expect it would be like that, since I knew no one and it was my first time going with Global Volunteers.
My Teammates were wonderful. The Abuelitas at the Senior Center were so humble, sweet, affectionate and welcoming. They sung, danced and played with us. I promised to come back and already decided to join the October 14th group. It was very sad to say goodbye… Many hugs, tears and promises. I have to say, I personally learned you do not need richness to give love. Happiness is in the most unexpected places. And if you just look past the small inconveniences, you will be surprised what you can find.
I chose to go to Cuba for a childhood memory I had. In 1952, my mom, my siblings, and I took a ship from Liverpool, England to Valparaiso, Chile. I was 9 years old. We stopped in Havana, and my mom kept telling us to look at the beautiful lights in Havana. I always remembered the lights and thought I would never see them again. But I did… and met some wonderful people that I can’t wait to see again in the process.
And last but not least, our team leaders were superb. Stephanie, Aymara and Gema made everything that we did very easy. I loved, loved, loved being a Cuba volunteer and can’t wait to be there again.
Experience Havana’s Lights and Become a Cuba Volunteer
Visit our Volunteer in Cuba page to learn more about Cuba volunteer opportunities. We offer one-week and two-week service programs year-round in Havana as well as Ciego de Avila. Or, chat online with a Volunteer Coordinator. We’re ready to answer your questions!